Invisalign FAQs

  • What is Invisalign?
    Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. It uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. Invisalign can help you get the great smile you’ve always wanted because it’s…

– Invisible, so no one can tell you’re straightening your teeth. Now you can smile during treatment as well as after.

– Removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment; plus brushing and flossing are no problem.

– Comfortable, because it has no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. And no metal and wires usually means you spend less time in our office getting adjustments.

  • How does Invisalign effectively move teeth?
    Like brackets and archwires, Invisalign Aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on the teeth. The principal difference is that Invisalign not only controls forces, but also controls the timing of the force application. At each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move, and these movements are determined by the orthodontic treatment plan for that particular stage. This results in an efficient force delivery system.
  • Does insurance cover Invisalign? 
    Because medical benefits differ significantly from policy to policy, each patient should review their coverage. However, at Wakefield Orthodontic Care we have found that if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
  • How Do I Get Started with Invisalign? 
    Getting started with treatment couldn’t be easier. In fact, you can be on your way to straighter teeth and a beautiful smile within weeks of visiting us at Wakefield Orthodontic Care.

Step 1: Visit Wakefield Orthodontic Care
During this first step you will need to make an appointment with Dr. Aubin, an Invisalign Certified Orthodontist.

During the initial visit, Dr. Aubin will help you decide on your course of treatment. The doctor will take bite impressions of your teeth and send them, along with a set of precise instructions, to Invisalign.

Step 2: Invisalign Makes Your Aligners
Invisalign uses advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to transform your bite impressions into a custom-made series of clear and removable aligners. There may be as many as 48 in the series or as few as 12, depending on your individual treatment plan.

Step 3: You Receive Your Aligners in a Few Weeks
During your next visit to Wakefield Orthodontic Care, you will receive your first set of aligners. Dr. Aubin will most likely give you a few additional sets for you to wear before you return for your next visit.

Step 4: You Wear Your Aligners

You’ll wear each set of aligners day and night for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months, but will vary from case to case. You’ll visit Wakefield Orthodontic Care only about every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.

Step 5: You’ve Finished The Treatment
Congratulations! When you’re finished wearing each aligner in the series, your treatment will be complete and you will have the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.